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Rumour: Details on new 4-inch iPhone surface

October launch date for evolutionary device likely

Product: iPhone 5 | Manufacturer: Apple
 
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More information regarding Apple’s new iPhone has come to light and the rumoured larger Retina display is just the beginning of the changes.

Poking around under the hood of iOS 6 (the OS is obviously designed for the new hardware so you can deconstruct the code to gain clues), 9to5Mac thinks that the new iPhone will be running on a variant of Apple's A5 chip.

More interestingly, it will have 1GB of RAM, which is double the amount found in the iPhone 4 and 4S.

Processing power 

Jumping back to the processor - which is based on an dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 - the new iPhone has a S5L8950X processor compared to a S5L8940X on the iPhone 4S and the S5L8945X found in the new iPad.

What this actually means, no one knows at the moment, but it seems that it could be a low power variant.

Of further interest is the new iPhone's graphic processing unit: the chip is identified as SGX543RC*. This compares to the PowerVR SGX543MP2 that currently powers the A5 chip used in iPhone 4S. The new iPad uses a quad-core version. 

What's most interesting, however, is whether the new resolution and aspect ratio of the screen will pose a hurdle for game developers to overcome, and what implications it will have for running old games and apps.

We expect to find out more at WWDC, starting 11th June.

[source: 9to5Mac]
 

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Matthew Diener 31 May 2012
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jeffyg3 | 14:28 - 1 June 2012
I'm more than likely getting out of Verizon later this year to go into someone's family plan for a cheaper phone bill. So I'll be getting a new phone to replace my iPhone 4. One thing is for sure, after using my work's Galaxy II & Note, I want a bigger screen than what's on the current 4th and 5th generation iPhones, so I'll be happy enough if the screen is bigger on the iPhone 6 coming out this year...I just hope it's wider too, if it's just longer I might look at other options...definitly non-Android though.
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Lonely Tylenol | 10:23 - 1 June 2012
Yeah, I feel pretty good about grabbing the 4S when I did. I'm going to pass on this.

Old games should be relatively easy to port: if devs take the lazy route, the sides in landscape will be black, or contain the button layout, so the actual resolution won't change. If they do stretch the image... Well. We're getting to the point where one of Apple's key strengths for devs--its standardization--is becoming a thing of the past.
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splat | 22:40 - 31 May 2012
doesn't seem to be very exciting does it! Guess we'll have to see what iOS 6 can offer...
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klouud | 20:28 - 31 May 2012
Looks like the people with the 4S lucked out and the iPhone 5 is the one to skip and the 6 is the one to get - if this info is correct. The iPhone 5 very well may be the most incremental upgrade we have seen thus far.

tim
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